Category Archives: Politics and sociology
I’m not sure why, but nowadays I don’t get many hits from Australian readers on The Hump. Only 2 visitors from NSW in the last month, and Australia at 36 hits comes well below Bangladesh, Vietnam, Romania and the Philippines. And that’s a shame because I’ve visited Australia and have many friends there. And they speak English, kind of. But nowadays it has become an alien land in serious ways.
The first article I wrote for the then-prestigious World Medicine, though it took a few months to get published in October 1981, was a tongue in cheek piece called Tonsillitis and the march of science.
I’ve remarked before on the common pattern I’ve seen among those scientists and medics who have become sceptical of the whole COVID narrative. Sometimes such people have told their own story, and sometimes one has seen it emerge in real time on their blogs and videos over the months, as their thinking develops. But it goes a bit like this.
Back at the beginning of December, when the world was young, I did a piece on the newly-authorised (albeit for emergency use) MRNA vaccines, and included a list of ten reasons one might consider delaying or refusing the vaccinations. I thought it might be interesting to see how things are panning out nine months later, using the same list for headings.
One small part of the rich tapestry of current misery, in Britain at least, is the ongoing difficulty of getting to see your doctor since COVID closed all the GP practices. I haven’t heard that this is an issue beyond the jurisdiction of our Established Religion, the NHS, but maybe it’s been tried in other parts of the world too. Let me know in the comments.
The journalist Julian Assange has been under confinement of various kinds for the last decade, and is now held in solitary at Britain’s top security prison whilst the lawyers debate the appeals to his extradition. Now, as I understand it, the reason is that by releasing whistleblower reports that lifted the lid on government corruption, he is said to have endangered the lives of US operatives and agents, although it seems not to have been possible to produce any actual examples, and the chief witness against him turns out to be a self-confessed perjurer.
Back in the mundane and familiar world of COVID totalitarianism, here’s a graphic that more or less sums up the real-world uselessness of face masks.
The most significant commentary I’ve seen on the Afghanistan crisis is this prophetic article from American Doug Wilson.
Have you noticed the convenient and universal scapegoating that’s going on over President Biden’s Afghanistan debacle? In normal times, a cock-up on this scale would indeed be seen both as a major scandal, but also as a complete aberration or (like the Vietnam withdrawal) as an historical inevitability. In living memory, presidents of greater or lesser competence have come and gone, with their errors usually well-covered, or in some cases (think, for example, of Kennedy’s Bay of Pigs fiasco) seen as blots on otherwise decent records. To err, after all, is human.
A US poll on COVID vaccination refusers gives the interesting result that the proportion of refusers is high in the least-educated classes, but highest amongst those at PhD level. It is, of course, rather tempting to identify the lower refusal rate amongst the moderately educated with what some would call “midwits,” but the real significance, it seems to me, is how those educated and interested enough to research the issue are discovering something suspicious. That seems to accord with experience of many I’ve encountered here on The Hump and elsewhere.